The Phils were looking for late inning heroics again on Wednesday night, but things fell short as the Astros managed to hold off the offense.
Kyle Kendrick took the mound and pitched in what appeared to be his first solid outing of the season. Kendrick gave up two runs early in the game, both which were scored by Michael Bourne who appeared to have the pitchers number. Kendrick pitched 7 strong innings, only giving up 2 earned runs and striking out 5 hitters giving the offense plenty of chance to take the second game in the series.
Unfortunately though the offense never got going. The Phils only managed a single run in the first inning off Houston's Roy Oswalt. Not surprising, Houstons manager elected to bring in Doug Brocail to close the game as opposed to allowing the Phils another hack at Jose Valverde who blew the save on Tuesday.
The only bright spot of the game had to be Jimmy Rollins pinch hit in the 9th off Brocail. Hopefully Jimmy will be returning to the lineup soon.